SUGAR LAND – The Terry boys’ basketball team has a losing record so far this season, but the Rangers have held their own against a litany of elite teams.
Terry had to work hard in both games of the opening day of the Fort Bend ISD tournament, losing a close one to Elkins before pulling out a 57-51 win over Houston Worthing at Dulles High School.
The Rangers led the Colts 28-8 at the end of the first quarter and had a 35-25 halftime lead, but Worthing rallied in the third quarter to cut the Ranger lead to two.
Senior guard Connell Olivacce’ scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help Terry hold off a late push by the Colts, who tied the game with four minutes left.
“(Connell) has been big for us all year,” Terry head coach Michael Jackson said. “And he’s such a good free-throw shooter that if it’s a close game, we can win it because of free-throw shooting. But we have to take better care of the ball.”
Olivacce’ led the Rangers with 24 points, while junior guard Cody Ray had 10 points. Sophomore guard Gerry Ray and junior forward Carter Jackson had six points each.
Earlier in the day, the Rangers rallied with a 20-point effort in the fourth quarter, but still fell to Elkins, 64-62 at Hopson Fieldhouse in Missouri City. The Knights took a 36-30 halftime lead and had as much as a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter before the Rangers made their run to tie the game inside the final minute.
But Elkins scored a bucket to get the win late in the game.
Terry moves its record to 5-8 on the season, and was placed in the Silver bracket of the FBISD tournament. After playing Killeen on Friday morning, the Rangers will face either Dulles or Clear Springs at Hopson at 3 or 4:30 p.m.
Tigers dominate Clear Springs, La Marque
Travis won both of its games in the FBISD tournament on Thursday, beating Clear Springs 63-56 and La Marque 68-41. Both games were at Wheeler Fieldhouse.
Junior guard Mekhi McIntyre made six three-pointers against La Marque, with four of them coming in the first quarter to help the Tigers jump out to a 21- 5 lead.
McIntyre finished with 24 points and senior guard Justin Hill scored 20 points, including four three-pointers.
The wins move Travis to 12-1 on the season and into the Gold bracket of the tournament. The Tigers opened bracket play against Waco Midway and will face either Elkins or North Shore in the next round at 3 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. at Wheeler.